Sen. Mike Lee warned the Obama administration on Wednesday that it should submit for congressional approval an international climate change agreement.
Sen. Mike Lee warned the Obama administration on Wednesday that it should reconsider its plan to not submit for congressional approval an international climate change agreement that could be signed later next month.
To avoid the inevitable objection of congressional Republicans, the Obama administration has indicated it plans to work-around the constitutional requirement that a president only enter into a legally binding treaty if it’s approved by two-thirds of the Senate.
“The Obama administration’s plan is not just ambitious,” said Lee, R-Utah, during a speech at The Heritage Foundation. “It’s also deeply cynical – because, at its core, the plan is an attempt to enshrine in an international agreement President Obama’s unilateral environmental regulatory regime, which remains deeply unpopular among the American people.”
Officials representing United Nations member states will gather in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 to negotiate an international agreement for reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted from coal and other fossil fuels.
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